Ministry Director Sheldon Livesay said that’s partly because Of One Accord’s CEO works pro bono.
“When we first started, we gave the whole organization over to the Lord, and he’s done a pretty good job of running it,” Livesay told the Times-News Tuesday. “He lets us be a part of this ministry, but we consider him to be the leader and the CEO, and we just follow him.”
Livesay presented the ministry’s 2018 annual report last week to the Rogersville Chamber of Commerce. Last year marked Of One Accord’s 30th year in existence.
A record year for ministry
Although the total dollar amount of goods and services provided was slightly down from 2017, it was still more than $4 million for the third time in the history of the ministry (2014, 2017, 2018).
However, 2018 was a record year for the ministry in several areas including the highest number of people served overall (117,642); Christmas for the Children recipients (1,320); Christmas/Thanksgiving food boxes (1,927 boxes for 5,816 people); and free winter coats (2,242).
“We’re just thrilled to complete this year with an excellent year-end report,” Livesay said. “Our audit shows that we’re still operating an a 2.2 percent administrative rate. That means nearly 98 cents out of every dollar we bring in goes right into the program and into the hands of people who need it. Very few groups or organizations can say that.”
Volunteers by the numbers
Of One Accord benefited from 400 volunteers from area churches who spent 70,625 hours serving 117,642 people last year to provide goods and services valued at $4,021,689.
Food distribution in 2018
The emergency food pantries in Church Hill, Rogersville and Sneedville distributed 1,368,728 pounds of food, topping 1 million pounds for the ninth year in a row.
The senior meals program delivered 5,068 hot meals valued at $32,942 to area homes, while the Lunchbox Summer Bus program distributed 8,545 meals valued at $42,725 to children during summer break.
The Medical Mission in Church Hill served 675 patients, providing 4,148 prescriptions; 1,005 labs, X-rays or other services; and 63 eye exams and glasses.
The value of free medical services totaled $403,028.
There were also three free dental clinics in 2018 which served 311 people with services valued at $114,340.
Bringing in mission teams
Mission teams from across the East Coast visited Hawkins and Hancock counties to repair homes and serve local residents in a variety of other ways.
Of One Accord mission teams performed 17 home repairs valued at $17,712. The three dental clinics and numerous block parties and other services served 560 people for a value of $15,065.
Mission teams also contributed contents for 2,204 backpacks valued at $102,600 that were distributed to children either at back-to-school events, block parties or during Christmas.
The real success story
“In 30 years, we’ve seen more than 2,800 people come to Christ, and to me that is the bottom line of what we do,” Livesay said. “We want people to be served, we want to keep people warm and help keep their stomachs full, and we want to help make their homes a better place to live. But also, because of who we are, we want to see them in heaven with us. We don’t hard pressure anybody or anything like that, but we give them opportunities when they come see us, and a lot of the people we see are ready for that. We’re just thankful for that part for what we do also.”